UNLAWFUL ENTRY: Detective Acting Sergeant Col McLean wants residents to report suspicious activity in and around schools during the holidays.
UNLAWFUL ENTRY: Detective Acting Sergeant Col McLean wants residents to report suspicious activity in and around schools during the holidays. Mike Knott BUNJUVENILE

Eight children linked to spate of offences in the region

EIGHT juveniles, some as young as 10, have been dealt with under the Youth Justice Act following a spate of offences in and around the region's schools.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Acting Sergeant Col McLean said unfortunately a number of children had been unlawfully entering schoolgrounds and damaging property.

"From those investigations detectives have dealt with eight children under the Youth Justice Act for a variety of offences," Det Act Sgt McLean said.

"There's a variety of actions from cautions for first-time offenders through to prosecuting through the Childrens Court.

"They have been dealt with by police including interviews and in some instances charging."

With the children aged between 10 and 16, Det Act Sgt McLean said it was up to parents to take responsibility, know where their children were and seek assistance from Lifeline or other community groups if they were having any issues and needed advice to help them cope with the situation.

"We'd urge any parents to be aware of where their children are and curtail that behaviour to prevent any impact on the schools and the community generally so when the schoolchildren return from their holidays they can seamlessly return to their education," he said.

"We're urging anyone that sees any suspicious behaviour or any other behaviour that would concern the schools or the surrounding houses to contact police immediately with a description of what's occurring so that we can take action and prevent any further offences."

Det Act Sgt McLean said most of the offences were minor damage and trespassing - which was very preventable.

"We're urging the community to report anything they observe," he said.

We're also urging the community ... to make sure that they keep all of their property secure, lock doors when they leave, secure their vehicles and don't leave valuables on display."



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